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Ultima Podcast

By Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Going deeper into the music with the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. The team behind one of the biggest contemporary music festivals in Northern Europe open up the diverse and fascinating world of modern music and experimental sound with innovative sonic portraits with composers and performers. Ultima Festival happens every year in September: see ultima.no for details.

Presenter: Rob Young.
Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo.
Sound mixing: Daniel Daatland.
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Inside Einstürzende Neubauten with Chris Bohn
Inside Einstürzende Neubauten with Chris Bohn
Rob Young discusses the music and legacy of German band Einstürzende Neubauten with Chris Bohn – Editor in Chief of The Wire magazine. As a music journalist with the New Musical Express in the early 1980s, Chris was the first British writer to interview and champion the group, whose name means 'collapsing new buildings'. In this conversation recorded live at Kulturhuset, Oslo, during the 2022 Ultima Festival, he shares inside stories from the group's history, apocalyptic sound, and the Cold War Berlin where they were formed.  Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
33:04
October 10, 2022
A hypnotic hum: Missy Mazzoli on 'The Listeners'
A hypnotic hum: Missy Mazzoli on 'The Listeners'
In a live conversation recorded during this year's Ultima Festival, Rob Young meets New York based composer Missy Mazzoli – 'Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart' – Time Out NY) to hear about the ideas that inspired her new opera The Listeners. We also hear about her previous work with her band Victoire and her earlier acclaimed operas, with librettist Royce Vavrek and director Lileana Blaine-Cruz.  https://missymazzoli.com Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: full programme at ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
16:40
September 19, 2022
Freedom is Around the Corner
Freedom is Around the Corner
Ultima 2022 opens on 15 September. The theme of this year’s festival – Freedom is Around the Corner – comes from an artwork by the late Danish artist/agitator Henning Christiansen. Rob Young explores this idea and its relevance to contemporary music and modern day utopian and dystopian thinking. Episode features interviews with Lena Lindgren (author of Ekko) and Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (artistic director of Ultima). Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: full programme at ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen Also featuring extracts from: 180 Hammer Blows Against War Monkeys by Henning Christiansen
15:15
September 12, 2022
Xenakis's Cassandra complex: Ultima's opening concert
Xenakis's Cassandra complex: Ultima's opening concert
Ultima 2022 opens on 15 September with a performance of Oresteia by Iannis Xenakis. Rob Young meets bass baritone Seth Carico and percussionists Håkon Stene and Thomas Nilsson during a rehearsal for the 'Kassandra' section of this monumental vocal work. For more info on the free concert at Oslo City Hall (Rådhus) on 15.9.22, go to: https://www.ultima.no/en/opening-concert Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
15:24
September 09, 2022
Aspects of Øyunn: A new role for Siv Øyunn Kjenstad
Aspects of Øyunn: A new role for Siv Øyunn Kjenstad
Rob Young meets Siv Øyunn Kjenstad to hear about preparations for her new Ultima Festival commission, 'Aspects'. Drummer, vocalist, composer, producer, actor – Siv Øyunn is a true omni-musician. For more info on her concert at MUNCH on 21.9.22, go to: https://www.ultima.no/en/oyunn-aspects This episode features extracts from the unreleased tracks 'I Know You Can Do It' and 'Wanna Talk to You' by Øyunn. Used with permission. www.sivoyunn.com Instagram: @oyunn Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
12:00
August 30, 2022
Flock tactics: Prizewinning composer Jan Martin Smørdal
Flock tactics: Prizewinning composer Jan Martin Smørdal
Rob Young meets Jan Martin Smørdal, winner of the Arne Nordheim Composer Prize 2022. Jan Martin's music is partly inspired by natural flocking movements and musical memories. He talks about his reaction to the award and gives us a peek into his creative process. Additional input by Ultima Director Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen and composer Kristine Tjøgersen.  The portrait concert of Jan Martin's music is on 16 September 2022 at MUNCH, Oslo. https://www.ultima.no/en/arne-nordheim-prize-concert-portrait-jan-martin-smordal http://smordal.no Music heard in the programme used by permission.  1. My Favorite Thing 3 – I. 2. flock foam fume  3. Flock of Me  4. (herd)STUDY  5. My Favorite Thing 2 (for 9 musicians) 2 from the album Flock by Karen Hellqvist (LAWO Records), , on Spotify and CD  4 from the album Xtended Hearts and Unheard Herds by Ensemble Ernst (LAWO Records), on Spotify and CD  Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
15:28
June 23, 2022
Organotopia – Organ-ised chaos with Nils Henrik Asheim
Organotopia – Organ-ised chaos with Nils Henrik Asheim
Rob Young meets composer, improvisor and organist Nils Henrik Asheim. Nils Henrik talks through his forthcoming Organotopia project, to be performed at Ultima Festival, Oslo, on 17 September 2022. Reinventing the organ at an audio-visual public art project taking over a church and park in central Oslo.  Organotopia: organotopia.no Ultima Festival 15–24 September 2022: ultima.no Presenter: Rob Young Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo Sound mix: Daniel Daatland Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen
12:26
May 13, 2022
Beyond time and place with Javid Afsari Rad
Beyond time and place with Javid Afsari Rad
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. Composer and santur player Javid Afsari Rad talks about 'Bigah', his work for the NOWOR orchestra, an Oslo based collaboration between musicians from many different backgrounds and music traditions.. For more info: https://ultima.no/en/events/721cd2a5-6d40-4faf-b06d-7d3361003e1e Presenter: Rob Young Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo. The Ultima Context Podcast is a production of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Find out more at ultima.no
16:51
September 24, 2021
Bathing in sound with Marianne Stranger's Waterwork
Bathing in sound with Marianne Stranger's Waterwork
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. At a mountain hotel outside Oslo, artist and composer Marianne Stranger is setting up an immersive sound installation called Vannverk (Waterwork), which includes audience members floating in the outdoor pool in large transparent inflatable bubbles. In this sound portrait she talks to Rob Young about the project and we hear extracts of the accompanying music. For more info: https://www.mariannestranger.net Presenter: Rob Young Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo. The Ultima Context Podcast is a production of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Find out more at ultima.no
12:42
September 23, 2021
Adventures in Ambient with Carmen Villain
Adventures in Ambient with Carmen Villain
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. We meet Carmen Villain in her studio in central Oslo to talk about the revival of interest in Ambient music and her own production techniques.  Presenter: Rob Young Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo. The Ultima Context Podcast is a production of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Find out more at ultima.no
15:07
September 18, 2021
Ryoji Ikeda's cymbalism with Jennifer Torrence
Ryoji Ikeda's cymbalism with Jennifer Torrence
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music.  Jennifer Torrence, percussionist with Oslo based group Pinquins, talks about preparing to perform 100 Cymbals, a new work by the Japanese composer Ryoji Ikeda. The full group performing on 22.9.21 (https://ultima.no/en/events/1eecc959-1227-4bc1-8c2c-2324ebebc0e4) consists of: Michaela Antalová, Johanne Byhring, Sigrun Gomnæs, Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen, Nasra (Nasra Ali Omar), Ylva Bråten Rian, Matilda Rolfsson, Sanskriti Shrestha, Nora Sjøgren, Jennifer Torrence. Direction: Alexandre Babel.  Presenter: Rob Young Original music: Kristine Tjøgersen  Producer: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen @ Filt Oslo.  The Ultima Context Podcast is a production of Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Find out more at ultima.no
11:29
September 17, 2021
Ep 9 2020: Protest and Survive: Agitation and the Avant Garde
Ep 9 2020: Protest and Survive: Agitation and the Avant Garde
Ultima Context - the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. Black Lives Matter, corrupt and incompetent governments, environmental disaster and COVID-19 have all been the triggers for public protests in 2020. How is contemporary music keeping pace with these radical movements? Can music still shake the walls down? Hanan Benammar and Sara Baban criticise power structures in performances pieces like the controversial Ways of Seeing in Oslo. Here they talk to Rob Young about racism and truth telling. Recorded live during Ultima Festival 2020. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
49:06
September 29, 2020
Ep 8 2020: Dilemmas in Contemporary Music Criticism
Ep 8 2020: Dilemmas in Contemporary Music Criticism
Ultima Context - the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. How can writers and editors make contemporary music accessible and exciting? As a critic of modern music, who are you writing for - those in the low, or fresh pairs of ears? Where is the line between complexity and simplification? We hear from Eystein Sandvik, Synne Skouen, Jørgen Karlstrøm and Anne Hilde Neset. Hosted by Guro Kleveland from Ballade magazine. Recorded live during Ultima Festival 2020. The conversation is in Norwegian. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
01:04:17
September 29, 2020
Ep 7 2020: Don’t Forget to Laugh! New Music Can be Fun
Ep 7 2020: Don’t Forget to Laugh! New Music Can be Fun
Ultima Context - the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. New music is often expected to be serious, difficult and austere, but plenty of younger emerging composers and performers are turning that image around. What place is there for comedy, irony, self-mockery and awkwardness in today’s cutting edge music? We find out with composer Trond Reinholdtsen, percussionist Jennifer Torrence and composer Manos Tsangaris. Hosted by Rob Young. Recorded live during Ultima Festival 2020. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
46:09
September 29, 2020
Ep 6 2020: Rethinking Modern Music
Ep 6 2020: Rethinking Modern Music
Ultima Context - the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. Today’s contemporary music scene likes to boast about how diverse it has become. But is it really more inclusive than before? How can cultural gatekeepers properly incorporate sounds and artists from outside the western classical tradition? A conversation between Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen, Cliff Moustache, Sandeep Baghwati and Sandra Marja West. Hosted by Siri Haugan Holden. Recorded live during Ultima Festival 2020. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
46:27
September 29, 2020
Ep 5 2020: Adapt Or Die! How to Run a Music Festival in a Pandemic
Ep 5 2020: Adapt Or Die! How to Run a Music Festival in a Pandemic
Ultima Context - the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. This episode features a discussion recorded on the opening night of this year’s Ultima Festival on 10 September 2020. Festival Director Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen, musician Ane Marthe Sørlien Holen and composer Sandeep Baghwati explain how the coronavirus has affected everything about how they plan, work and collaborate. Presenter: Rob Young. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Ragnhild Fangel Jamtveit, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
36:14
September 29, 2020
Ep 4 2020: Health check: Pinquins
Ep 4 2020: Health check: Pinquins
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. In a sound portrait recorded in Oslo, Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen meets Jennifer Torrence and Sigrun Rogstad Gomnæs from the contemporary music trio Pinquins as they prepare to premiere three exciting new works under the title ‘Music and Health’ (13 September). We’ll hear about mental wellbeing, the openness of the Norwegian music scene, and just how far they will go in the pursuit of telling a story through music. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
11:23
September 10, 2020
Ep 3 2020: Composer Trond Reinholdtsen: Permanently under construction
Ep 3 2020: Composer Trond Reinholdtsen: Permanently under construction
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. In a sound portrait recorded at a rehearsal space in western Oslo, Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen challenges composer Trond Reinholdtsen to answer the fundamental question: What is music? He talks about the idea of ‘late style’ in relation to his new commission for the Asamisimasa ensemble, premiered at Ultima Festival 2020. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
11:12
September 08, 2020
Ep 2 2020: Kristine Tjøgersen on Household Objects
Ep 2 2020: Kristine Tjøgersen on Household Objects
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music. In this evocative sound portrait, Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen visits composer Kristine Tjøgersen – winner of this year’s Nordheim Prize – at her home studio in the east of Oslo, and gets a taste of her inventive approach to instruments, getting sound from everyday objects, and improvisation. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
10:49
September 06, 2020
Ep 1 2020: Risto Holopainen on Secrets of Radiophonic Art
Ep 1 2020: Risto Holopainen on Secrets of Radiophonic Art
Ultima Context – the podcast that takes you deeper into the world of contemporary and experimental music.  In this sound portrait, Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen visits Risto Holopainen in his Oslo environment and hears how the composer combines speech, atmospheric music and field recordings into something greater than its parts. Drawing on earlier examples of ‘radiophonics’, this is the art of sculpting sounds into an immersive listening experience. Produced by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Editors: Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen (in-Chief), Torunn Forland and Rob Young. Co-produced by Filt Oslo: Regine Døsen Kristoffersen, Peter Daatland. Jingles composed by Kristine Tjøgersen. Supported by Music Norway, Norsk Komponistforening, TONO and Sparebankstiftelsen DNB.
08:25
September 01, 2020